Officer Quickfire Weekly Recap: First Week of July

It can be hard to keep up with all of the news that occurs on daily basis. Because of this, the staff presents the "Quickfire Weekly Recap."

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site this week:

Weekend (June 28-30)

Hood County, Texas Sheriff's Sgt. Lance McLean died on Saturday after being shot in the head by a suspect the previous day.

Officials say McLean was responding to a disturbance call when he was shot by Ricky Don McCommas.

The gunman fled to Granbury and was shot outside City Hall after wounding Police Officer Chad Davis.

Midwest City police released 911 audio and video surveillance from a June 17 incident in which an officer fatally shot a suspect holding a knife to the throat of a 2-year-old girl.

Capt. David Huff, a trained hostage negotiator who fired the shot, was hailed as a hero for saving the young girl's life.

After a yearlong construction shutdown and months of cleanup following Superstorm Sandy, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is again taking shape.

More than a hundred workers are at the site each day and officials say the project is on track to open to the public in the spring of 2014.

Monday (July 1)

A veteran Pennsylvania State Police trooper was killed in a two-vehicle crash involving his cruiser.

Sgt. John LaRose reportedly lost control of his Ford Crown Victoria on the wet roadway while rounding a curve before colliding with a Hyundai Tucson in the opposite lane.

The 23-year veteran was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Prosecutors are continuing to seek the death penalty for a man convicting of killing two member of the NYPD in 2003.

The start of the repeat of penalty phase has begun for Ronell Wilson, who killed undercover detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin.

New Detroit Police Chief James Craig officially took over control of the department.

His goals include reducing violence, raising morale in the department, putting civilians in positions held by sworn officers, collaborating with the community and introducing a crime statistics reporting system.

Granbury Police Officer Chad Davis, who was wounded by the same gunman who killed Hood County Sgt. Lance McClean, was released from a Fort Worth hospital.

Davis was shot in an exchange of gunfire with Ricky Don McCommas near Granbury City Hall on Friday.

Tuesday (July 2)

Police in Canada charged a man and woman with terrorism for attempting to leave pressure cooker bombs at British Columbia's provincial legislature on Canada Day.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials said John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody were inspired by al-Qaida ideology but were self-radicalized.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced on Monday that the city's homicide number for the first half of the year is at its lowest total in nearly half a century.

The news comes just six months after city ended a bloody 2012 with more than 500 slayings.

Three Pigeon Forge, Tenn. police officers were fired for allegedly discussing killing their day shift colleagues.

Officers Trinity R. Brown, Jefferson Thigpen and Michael L. Musgrove were terminated over the conversation recorded by a cruiser dashboard camera.

Wednesday (July 3)

Investigators in the 2007 slaying of Broward Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Reyka say they have narrowed their list of possible killers to a man who was fatally shot by police that same year.

Officials announced that Shawn LaBeet, who was shot dead by police in after he fired on four Miami-Dade officers, is now the prime suspect in the case.

Reyka was ambushed in the parking lot of a Pompano Beach Walgreens in August 2007.

The Hawthorne Police Department in Southern California has received numerous threats after a video of an officer fatally shooting a dog went viral after being posted to YouTube.

Spokesman Lt. Scott Swain said that all "credible" threats are being investigated and that security has been increased.

The Kansas City Police Department is pleased with the success of its gunfire detection system and plans to seek addition federal funds to expand the program.

Six felony arrests have resulted from the ShotSpotter system implemented in a small area of the city in October.

Thursday (July 4)

Law enforcement officials in Boston put a ramped-up security plan in place for the Fourth of July festivities -- the city's first large public gathering since the Boston Marathon bombings.

The plan appeared to go off without a hitch, as did security in other cities including New York and Washington, D.C.

Police in Seattle arrested a man near the University of Washington in a stolen pickup truck filled with weapons, body armor and suspected explosive devices.

University of Washington Police Chief John Vinson said the man was driving a stolen truck out of Montana and had with him a scoped rifle, shotgun and fewer than 10 Molotov cocktails.

A panel of federal judges refused to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of the year.

The decision pushed the long-running court battle back to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Friday (July 5)

A San Francisco police officer is being hailed as a hero after he rescued an elderly woman from a house fire.

Officer Matt Lobre was the first on the scene and kicked down a door before he carried the woman out to safety.

As the Hawthorne Police Department continues to receive threats over the videotaped shooting of a dog, officials have moved to pull three officers from street duty.

Lt. Scott Swain said the decision is for the officers' safety after a uniformed officer shot the dog four times on Sunday.

Police in Bangkok, Thailand are not only combating crime, but are taking on obesity as well.

Officials are aiming to kick the city's overweight officers into shape with the start of a 12-day boot camp.